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Why still so expensive? Drop and Sennheiser can both do better. When I first heard the 8XX was a thing, I was stoked to pick up what I thought was going to be a sub-$1000 headphone in the HD800 family. Guess I'm still waiting.

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Mat86
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Jun 28, 2021
"why can't these $1700 headphones be below $999, do better" good grief (and like others said, with the $200 store credit, its 900, which is a steal)
Asrei
119
Feb 22, 2021
Considering this is an improved HD 800S which cost $1,499 minimum and had an additional 2 years of R&D $1100 with a $200 credit is a complete bargin. These are not mass produced like the HD6XX series are, each one of these is cut and made by hand it's also built out of better materials and production of these is far, far more expensive as a result. The only real thing I can find that people can complain about with this purchase is the cable, but then again the $200 credit fixes this, if there is another Cardas cable run I *HIGHLY* recommend using that credit toward that purchase since they are guaranteed for life and are exceptionally well built cables.
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chichaz
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Jul 12, 2021
It would be "a complete bargain" if there were any warranty support after the initial two years, from Drop or Sennheiser. However there is not, as confirmed elsewhere in this discussion by Drop as well as many testimonials by people who bought [Mass]Drop products in the past. Once that warranty's up and the manufacturer won't support Drop versions (as is the case with Sennheiser), you're on your own.
Asrei
119
Jul 12, 2021
I don’t know how much that matters to begin with given that Sennheiser was going to charge $360 for replacing one of the little metal arms on a HD 700. Which at the time was just $100 less than buying it new to begin with. The repair cost from them is almost as much as the headphone itself.